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Xenophon

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Xenophon’s famous account reminds us the importance of integrating analysis of time with analysis of point of view. Xenophon’s handling of frequency in the Hellenica raises few problems. The dominant mode is singulative. There are occasional pieces of iterative narration. The Hellenica is marked by the same general lack of temporal precision found already in Herodotus and Thucydide. Xenophon offers four comments on his inclusion of material in the Hellenica. In narratological terms, these comments relate to the alternation between scenic and summary treatment. Xenophon also evokes Thucydides’ narrative in his actorial analepses. An example of the way actorial analepses in the Hellenica enriched by association with Thucydides concerns Alcibiades.

Keywords: Alcibiades; analepses; Hellenica; Herodotus; Thucydides; Xenophon

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